Here’s some of today’s news:
Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has voiced her support of legislation that would create a “state office of outdoor recreation” in hopes to strengthen New Mexico’s economy. Senate Bill 462 would take $1.6 million to establish the Outdoor Recreation Division within the Economic Development Department. It is noted that New Mexico has an abundance of outdoor resources that can help communities that have struggled economically or will be facing the reality that current industries may no longer be reliable. The bill has received non-partisan support.
In Deming, Gabriel Roque, 35, is facing first degree murder charges in the shooting death of Steven Worthen, 42, on Sunday January 27th inside Worthen’s home located at 1023 West Hemlock Street. Originally, Roque was charged with attempted murder including tampering with evidence, abuse of a child, and several counts of intimidating a witness. Worthen died from his injuries in an El Paso hospital last Sunday. This is the first homicide of the year in Deming and Luna County.
In other news:
WNMU Student Regent and Board Secretary/Treasurer, Arlean Murillo, was invited as a guest of U.S. Representative Xochitl Torres-Small, to attend the President’s annual State of the Union Address held in the House chamber of the United States Capitol this week. Murillo lives in Santa Theresa and attends WNMU online. In addition, she helped coordinate a food drive for federal workers during the partial government shutdown through the Border Patrol Agent Family Network. Representative Torres-Small met Murillo while she was visiting Border Patrol stations last month.
The Kiwanis Club of Silver City honored the Kiwanis Students of the Month at a luncheon prepared by the Order of the Eastern Star and held at the Masonic Lodge on Tuesday. School educators and family members joined the Kiwanians in listening to a short presentation from each student, who was then awarded a special certificate and other Student of the Month program items. The Kiwanis Student of the Month youth leadership presentation honors students who strive to earn the best grades and demonstrate superior leadership and good character roles in their respective schools. The students who were honored are as follows: From Cobre High School, Danielle Esqueda; from Calvary Christian Academy, Hattie Dobrinski for January and Seth Neal for February; from Cliff High School, Brye Baptiste; from Aldo Leopold Middle School, Cedar Marham; from Aldo Leopold High School, Samuel Medina; and from La Plata Middle School, Abriana Cameron. Congratulations, students!